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Have you ever wondered what ASHRAE Officers do at the ASHRAE Winter & Annual Conferences? Here is your chance to find out! Through Leadership U, a handful of YEA members are selected for each conference to be matched up with Society Officers and participate in all of their events and board meetings, including social activities. Leadership U not only allows you to experience a conference like an Officer, but it is also a great opportunity to network and form connections with those active in ASHRAE.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Winter Conference in Atlanta..

The deadline for applications is Monday, October 1, 2018.

If you have any questions about Leadership U or the application process, please contact Rhiannon Masterson at or 678-539-1178.

Program Overview

  • The Leadership U program in Atlanta will start at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 and will end on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
  • If selected to participate in the program, the costs of attending the conference (transportation, lodging and registration) will be covered by ASHRAE Society. Transportation includes the cost of your flight or gas mileage, your hotel room will be covered for a check in on Friday, January 11, 2019 and check out on Thursday, January 17, 2019, and you will be registered for the conference and three social events (Welcome Party, President's Luncheon, Members Night Out). Expenses not covered by the program include baggage fees, parking, taxis/public transportation, and food.
  • Those selected to participate in the program will document their experiences and share them with the YEA Committee, their chapter and their region.

Feedback from Previous Leadership U Participants

“It is hard to point out the one biggest take-away because I learned a lot, made new connections, and found myself a long-term mentor in ASHRAE. If I have to pick out the most valuable thing, it would be the passion and devotion I saw from a lot of the members, including my mentor, and how they use that as the base to collaborate with others from all different backgrounds.”

“It's an amazing opportunity. You get the chance to see how the higher levels of ASHRAE work. Leadership U allowed me to form a personal connection with the VP I shadowed and opened up an incredible chance for networking opportunities. I finished the conference on a first name basis with the four VPs, the Treasurer, the President Elect, and the President!”

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Leadership U program. Being able to experience Dan Pettway’s ASHRAE involvement, meet Society level leaders, and absorb some of the their expertise made participation in this program an invaluable experience. Plus, I am really excited to be able to call myself a member of the ‘Leadership U Alumni’ club!”

“I always wondered who made the high level decisions and now I know who they are! It typically starts with the president or a technical group and then it is raised before the board. I know a lot of the board members and it was interesting to learn how they make decisions that affect the entire industry, usually with success, even if it takes a long time. The best part is that they are all volunteers.”